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of the present day possible. without douglas, there is no oba obama. >> without lincoln, there is no obama, so it's not only a matter, is it, of faith in history, it's a matter of faith in people who have the imagination and the audacity to make history. >> absolutely. and certainly frederick douglas understood his role in terms of acting as an advocate during lincoln's administration. he was obviously putting some pressure on the white house. at the same time he was issuing a call to arms to his own community to rise up because he understood that history ultimately comes from below. you know, he is enveloping lincoln in a movement. there is a movement that surrounds lincoln and the other abolitionists to move all this forward and make it a reality. >> there were not 10,000 people there with you at the tomb, but the poem suggests someone else had been there and left this newspaper? >> there were other people who had come before me and had left various objects. i don't know who they were. someone had left a newspaper, perhaps aware, perhaps not, that douglas himself had been a journalist, that dou
address in history is the second inaugural address which is lincoln which some people say surpasses the gettysburg address. it's the best lay sermon no history. >> and dr. jill bide ep is accompanied by honey alexander, the wife of senator lamar alexander. and by debby boehner, wife of house speaker john boehner. sorry to interrupt you there. >> more recently, you may disagree with the content and the tone but no one will dispute the fact that george w. bush was aiming for the bleachers with his second inaugural with what he called his freedom speech which is -- in terms of projecting american force, moral and military around the world in the wake of 9/11 and the doctrine of preemptive military action. >> you knows the reference to lincoln, we talk about being in a divided america now. in many ways we are politically. but you think about lincoln and that inauguration, both of his, it was a different level. >> different level all together. he is involved in the conflict where half a million people would be killed, the end of channeled slavery. a lot is at stake. we're fighting now bu
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